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Anti-racist: An anti-racist is someone who actively opposes racism, who expresses an antiracist idea or supports an antiracist policy with their actions. An antiracist idea is any idea that says the racial groups are equal.
|Note: This guide is a starting point for educators. It is by no means comprehensive, and is a living guide that will be updated regularly.
Books to Read
How to Be an Antiracist by
Publication Date: 2019-08-13
Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas--from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilites--that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their posionous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
Stamped from the Beginning by
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.
White Fragility by
Publication Date: 2018-06-26
Explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
The New Jim Crow by
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States, but Alexander noted that the discrimination faced by African-American males is prevalent among other minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations
Between the World and Me by
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.
Resources and Articles
21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge ©
For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. The plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.
Avoiding Racial Equity Detours
Students experiencing racism can’t wait for schools to move at their own pace and comfort level.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Four Ways Schools Can Support Teachers to Become 'Actively Anti-Racist'
This is Part Seven in a multipart series on this topic. The question is: What should teachers learn from the killing of George Floyd?
Talking about Race
Using a course-like structure, this accessible resource provides tools and guidance to families, educators, and individuals to inspire conversation around race.
Teaching Tolerance: Speak Up at School How to Respond to Everyday Prejudice, Bias and Stereotypes
This guide is for the adults in the school. It offers advice about how to respond to remarks made by students and by other adults and gives guidance for helping students learn to speak up as well.
Maine DOE Resources to Combat Racism
The Maine DOE shares resources and lesson plans for combating racism.
SEA Center for Racial Equality
Access the shared google folder with lessons for kindergarten through high school. Lessons are grouped for math and humanities classes.
Teaching While White
More than 80% of teachers in the U.S. are white. But most don’t know that their whiteness matters. Teaching While White (TWW) seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom.
Books for Students
Let's Talk about Race by
Publication Date: 2005-01-04
I am a story.So are you. So is everyone. Julius Lester says, "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details." Now Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us.
New Kid by
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature! Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft. This middle grade graphic novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
The Undefeated by
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal A 2020 Newbery Honor Book Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.
Can I Touch Your Hair? by
Publication Date: 2018-01-01
Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation. How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don't know each other . . . and they're not sure they want to. Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko (of The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage), this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.
Genesis Begins Again by
Publication Date: 2019-01-15
This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.
The Hate U Give by
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
All American Boys by
Publication Date: 2017-08-29
n this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens--one black, one white--grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by
Publication Date: 2020-03-10
This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book about race. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. explores the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future.
Ghost Boys by
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
How It Went Down by
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up.
A Good Kind of Trouble by
Publication Date: 2019-03-12
Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. But in junior high, it's like all the rules have changed. Now she's suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she's not black enough. Shay's sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides.
Dear Martin by
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs.
Piecing Me Together by
Publication Date: 2017-02-14
Renee Watson once again delivers a thoughtful and relevant story about issues of race, privilege, and female relationships.